Blood of the Revenant

Blood of the Revenant

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by N.R. Allen

As Gabriel begins to unravel the dangerous mystery that surrounds the strange and dark place called Returning City, he is drawn into a very deadly secret, one that threatens to destroy not only him but everyone he has ever cared about.


As Gabriel begins to unravel the dangerous mystery that surrounds the strange and dark place called Returning City, he is drawn into a very deadly secret, one that threatens to destroy not only him but everyone he has ever cared about.

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N.R. Allen grew up in Dooms, VA, and currently lives in Blacksburg, VA, with her husband and family. While this is her first full-length novel, she has written and published poems, short stories, and flash fiction, including "Teddy Bear Heads," "That House at the End of Carver Street," and "A Song for Miss Cline".

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Blood of the Revenant 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 5 reviews.
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InLibrisVeritas More than 1 year ago
I want to thank NR Allen for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. Blood of the Revenant turned out to be a very unique book that sends you on a journey of self-discovery and hidden truths. I can’t say I’ve ever read anything like this before, and I’ve read a lot of vampire like novels. One thing that I adore about this book is the use of the lesser known vampire (revenant) deterrents that were prevalent in folk lore. It’s nice to see something like that in vampire fiction, especially now that they’ve become popular and people have branched off into creating their own creatures. I will say that if you are not all that familiar with the lore then you will be kind of confused at first, but give it time and it all comes together. The writing is very descriptive and really pulls you into the moment, you get a sense of what the main character is feeling and how he’s processing the situation. I did have a problem with a bit of the circular talk in this and found myself kind of confused for a few seconds, my brain doesn’t work in circles at all. It’s also fairly fast paced and once the action got going I found it impossible to put down. It actually deals with a lot of issues like betrayal and the lost of innocence, as well as a sort of coming of age aspect. The main character, Gabriel, is one that you see grow and learn throughout the novel. He isn’t fully revealed at the beginning because he doesn’t truly know himself, so you as a reader are learning right along side him. Being so use to having characters completely fleshed out and given to me it took me a bit to get use to, but once I did I was hooked on figuring out everything being placed in front of him. I love how the situation with his family turns out and even though parts of it are rather sad I found it really creative and it really gives Gabriel something to fight for and against. Ryvall and Lamia are equally shadowy figures and they both have plans for Gabriel, and I found myself stuck between who was right and who was wrong. They are similar and at the same time very different. Then there is the Dominion Machine, which I am still most curious about. It plays a rather important role in the story and is kind of a driving force behind a lot of the events, however I really wish there were more on it’s creation. I want to know exactly what it is because the way it weaves it’s way into the characters is rather interesting. Overall I found this to be a really unique and interesting book, with a refreshing revival of the old vampire lore. I feel it’s certainly worth picking up and checking out, especially if you’re a vampire fan like me.
NR_Allen More than 1 year ago
Review Copied with permission from "A Battalion of Words" blogspot: N.R. Allen’s Blood of the Revenant is a mystifying, and distinct take on the world of vampires. Her world is organic and the air in the book electric with her descriptive writing. The authors masters the rule of “show, not tell”—something YA authors rarely practice. In the midst of the creative world-building, the slow pacing and often repetitive dialogue can very easily be overlooked. Gabriel has been told all his life that his job was to protect his family until he is ready to go into the forest of eve and find his darkness. But things go south when he starts drawing strange images and gets visits from people he doesn’t if he should trust. Soon, Gabriel finds himself in a race against time to save his family and friends from the very darkness he was preparing to obtain. There was some character development present with our main character Gabriel who becomes more three-dimensional once he’s got a purpose, whether it was to save his family or rediscovering his place in the world he’s known his whole life. But clearly, the star in the book was the world-building. There were so many references adapted from the Bible and I enjoyed its fresh originality coupled with the book. Overall, this book was a good twist on your typical vampire novel. Allen’s descriptive writing intertwined with the history of the world our main character lives in and travels to makes it a compelling read regardless of the slow pacing. Rating : 4/5 FTC Disclousure: I received a copy of this book for free from the Author. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone. They will always be honest.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.) Gabriel is a revenant. He lives in a place called ‘Returning City’, which is surrounded on all sides by a forest known as ‘Eden’. Gabriel lives with his family – four other boys called Leute, C’hian, Call, and Baital. Each has their own thing that they are good at, and Gabriel is his family’s fighter. Every so often he must go to the fighting circle in the middle of the city and fight an ‘other’ – a revenant who does not have a family. If Gabriel wins the fight he gets food, clothing, and shelter for his family, if he loses they will go hungry, and will lose their clothes and house. One night as Gabriel is going home, he is attacked by a woman called Ryvall and a gang of ‘others’, he then finds his way through a secret door and speaks to a woman called Lamia, who tells him that Ryvall works for a thing called ‘Exile’ who is killing revenants. She warns Gabriel that Ryvall killed her entire family, and that Gabriel’s family is next. After an unexpected summons to the fighting ring, Gabriel is asked to fight a member of his own family – Baital who is much younger and smaller than him. Gabriel can’t bring himself to fight properly and loses on purpose, which sets other events into motion; and Gabriel finds himself unsure of whom he can trust, and unsure of what exactly is going on. It now seems that Ryvall may be a friend, and Lamia may not be. When Ryvall cuts her skin black liquid flows out, whilst his own blood is red. Now Gabriel isn’t sure who or what he really is; is he really a revenant? Is his family really his family? Who is killing revenants? Who is Exile? And what must Gabriel do to make everything right again? That is an extremely simplified version of the beginning of this book, as there is far too much to try to summarise! To be honest I have to say that I was in two minds about this book in places, it is really complex and at times I felt confused, but even when I was confused I felt a compulsion to keep reading! This book is strangely addictive! This book has an extremely intricate and complexly woven storyline, to the point where I would need to write an essay to even begin to tell you about Returning City, and the background to the story. Gabriel is not your average protagonist, he doesn’t really understand what he is, or how he came to be, but this doesn’t seem to be an issue for him at all. He likes to keep things simple as much as he possibly can, he needs to provide for his family, and he does this by fighting. It’s as simple as that for Gabriel, and when he finds himself drawing pictures of places he has never been he wishes that he could go back to when things were simple. At times Gabriel had no clue what was going on, or whom to trust during this story, and I have to say that I was right there alongside him! The reader follows Gabriel along his journey, and learns things as Gabriel learns them, giving the reader an idea of how confused he feels, especially when he wonders if his family has turned against him. All the way through the book I was thinking ‘What the heck is he?’, ‘What does that mean?’ and just had to keep reading to try to find the answers! This book really does keep the reader in the dark, the same as Gabriel, and while clues are given, it is almost like the story allows the reader to make up their own mind as to exactly what is going on. This is an interesting approach, and one that seems to work in this book. There was a lot going on in this book, and I think it might actually take a second read through to truly appreciate everything that happens, and the multitude of forces that are fighting for and against Gabriel. This book requires real thought, is not easy to put down, and is not your average ‘vampire’ story. 7 out of 10.